We are incredibly excited to introduce new members for Southern Currents/aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival. The new members are Erika Garcia, Christopher Trotman & Martha Pinzon (Welcome! / ¡Bienvenidos!)
Erika Garcia was born in El Salvador and raised in Toronto, Erika has been an active advocator for the Latin American immigrant and refugee community since she graduated from York University in 2004. Once she concluded her academic studies in the field of Sociology, she worked as a Settlement Counsellor and Community Outreach Coordinator at the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto. This opportunity positioned her well for working at her current position at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre as the head Settlement Counsellor and Chair of DPNCHC’s Newcomer Action Committee. She is an active contributor in inter-agency and community meetings, such as OCASI’s Refugee Rights Day Committee, the Canadian Council Subcommittee on Migrant Workers, the Social Inclusion Planning Table Committee for the West Downtown Toronto Settlement Service Planning Committee, among others. In addition, she was one of the Co-Founders of the Latin American Arts Centre Collective in Toronto.
Martha Pinzon is a reporter and host of opinion 360 degrees directed by Julio Sánchez Cristo. Producer and presenter of the program TLN Telelatino Network in Canada, focused on Hispanic-Canadian community. Presenter of distinguished events in Spanish, has been a correspondent for Telemundo and other radio stations. Martha is also a sometime producer and director of Radio Program Hotline Neighbors in Martha Finch CHHA Radio Voces Latinas 1610 AM broadcast from Toronto every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 12 noon. With over 10 000 hours in research and production of journalism. Martha is Currently working on developing some creative social campaigns for the Hispanic community and organizational level corporate image designing several companies and professional profile. She is also Master of Ceremonies at various multicultural events in the city of Toronto and is currently the Vice President of the Casa Cultural Colombiana and producer of NOW WHAT a television show transmitted in Mississauga Rogers channel that reaches over 800,000 viewers each week.
Christopher Trotman As a communications professional working in the city, Christopher has long been involved in the arts as an avid volunteer. He splits his time between his professional work, as a public relations consultant, and personal work in various art organizations in Toronto. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Communications Studies from the University of Windsor, and has completed the Seneca College Corporate Communications post-graduate certificate program.